Vote for the year’s best obituary writing

If you’re like us, you appreciate a well-written obituary. Fascinating details about a life, poetic language, snippets of history… all these things come together in a great obit. It’s why The Obit Report has been featuring notable obituaries for ordinary folks: you don’t have to be famous to have an interesting story or moving obituary.

These Obit Report profiles of the not-so-famous have been contributed by members of SPOW, the Society of Professional Obituary Writers. On their Obituary Forum blog, SPOW is currently taking votes for the year’s best obituary writing. The People’s Picks awards celebrate writers in categories like Tributes, Average Joe, Regional Figure, and Internationally Famous Individual. Each category includes links to the competing obituaries; you can vote in as many categories as you like.

The winners will be honored at SPOW’s national convention on May 13th in St. Petersburg, Florida. We hope you’ll take a few moments to read some great writing and vote for your favorites.

About Linnea

I joined in 2000 as an obituary writer. In the years since, I've done a little of everything for our Operations team, from content review to customer service to creating web pages for funeral homes to training new employees to my current position, Content Manager. I love this position, because I get to write little bits & longer pieces - whatever's needed at the moment - and I get to proofread a lot, satisfying my inner nitpicker. And I love being on the blog team, because I get to write interesting features for the blog. I love to write! In my spare time, I... can you guess?... write. I'm hoping that one day I can add "published novelist" to my bio. I also enjoy working in my vegetable garden and cooking, baking, canning, making ice cream, and pretty much anything else in the kitchen. I love to read, compete in trivia contests, and attempt to keep up with my Netflix queue.
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